Forgiveness of Sin: Confession, the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation - Mission Talk by Fr John Edwards -on Ash Wednesday - Totus2us

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Father John: "How often should I go to confession? Well the Church’s law is pretty minimal, it’s this: look, if you’ve got serious sin on your soul, mortal sin, and you can’t bring yourself to repent of it and bring yourself to the Sacrament once a year, round about Easter time, 40 days before or after, man, you've committed another thumping great sin. .. Well that's the law, pretty minimal one. What's the best advice? Well, to whom do you look for for advice? I look to the teaching authority of the Church and the centre, the popes. Now Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II are all speaking on these lines. JPII, every time he opens his mouth about confession and he does it frequently, he's always quoting these words of Pius XII, which he said in 1943, "It is not without the inspiration of Holy Spirit that the practice of frequent confession was introduced into the Church.' The popes say that God encourages, wants, would reward frequent confession. Now, how frequent is frequent? .. Monthly confession is the best advice going. It's not a sin if you don't but it is the best advice. Not just for this complete forgiveness of sin, which is beautiful enough, but if one wants cure of ones spiritual weaknesses, could there be a better way of praying? There are you, there is the priest, Christ is between you, you at the centre of a Sacrament at the heart of the Church with your arms around Jesus Christ, you blame yourself for these things. Is there any more powerful way of asking for the freedom that you want. If you and I want cure, that’s the way to get it." Music by Crossbeam: Yours God. Visit Totus2us.com for much more. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was Blessed John Paul II's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Father John: "How often should I go to confession? Well the Church’s law is pretty minimal, it’s this: look, if you’ve got serious sin on your soul, mortal sin, and you can’t bring yourself to repent of it and bring yourself to the Sacrament once a year, round about Easter time, 40 days before or after, man, you've committed another thumping great sin. .. Well that's the law, pretty minimal one. What's the best advice? Well, to whom do you look for for advice? I look to the teaching authority of the Church and the centre, the popes. Now Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II are all speaking on these lines. JPII, every time he opens his mouth about confession and he does it frequently, he's always quoting these words of Pius XII, which he said in 1943, "It is not without the inspiration of Holy Spirit that the practice of frequent confession was introduced into the Church.' The popes say that God encourages, wants, would reward frequent confession. Now, how frequent is frequent? .. Monthly confession is the best advice going. It's not a sin if you don't but it is the best advice. Not just for this complete forgiveness of sin, which is beautiful enough, but if one wants cure of ones spiritual weaknesses, could there be a better way of praying? There are you, there is the priest, Christ is between you, you at the centre of a Sacrament at the heart of the Church with your arms around Jesus Christ, you blame yourself for these things. Is there any more powerful way of asking for the freedom that you want. If you and I want cure, that’s the way to get it." Music by Crossbeam: Yours God. Visit Totus2us.com for much more. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was Blessed John Paul II's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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